The Poisons in Our Foods—Finally Exposed
Garden City Park, NY: So far this year, we shared a story here at Square One—“America—Land of Toxic Babies (new report names top baby food manufacturers, and a lax FDA, as the culprit)"—about how, after last being reported in October 2017, it was reported that our nation’s top baby food manufacturers have “knowingly sold baby food that contained high levels of toxic heavy metals” according to documents released in a congressional investigation back in February.
Then in May, a submitted legislative bill called California Senate Bill SB 651 was publicized, only to be tabled without action. The bill calls for the requirement of warning labels on foods that contain synthetic petroleum-based food dyes as ingredients. As Dr. Dufault has noted, “Both the European Union [EU] and the UK already require these warning labels on foods that contain the dyes yellow #5, yellow #6, and red #40. All of these ingredients are tested and certified to ensure that only the allowable levels of lead and inorganic mercury are found in each batch.”
And now, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for more data about two heavy metals in food products. According to this recent Food Safety News article, the heavy metals in question are “methylmercury and total mercury in orange roughy, pink cusk-eel and all toothfish" while the second (and more immediately damning, when it comes to a large group of normally processed foods) is “lead in cereal-based foods and ready-to-eat meals for infants and young children; dried spices and culinary herbs; eggs; sugars and sugar-based candies."
Of course, the United States continues to turn a blind eye to all of these findings—a frustration that our author, and former FDA food safety investigator turned whistleblower Dr. Renee Dufault, has wrestled with for nearly two decades.
While her book with us, Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat (Square One, $16.95), lays out the definitive argument for why Americans should remove all heavily processed foods from their daily diet, Dr. Dufault feels that the ongoing COVID pandemic has heightened this issue even further. In fact, she cites a recent Jerusalem Post article about how almost 60% of the patients now hospitalized by the Delta variant of COVID in Israel were vaccinated months ago with the Pfizer vaccine but have caught COVID anyway due to their age and underlying conditions. This means that maintaining a healthy diet is more important now than ever before.
According to Dr. Dufault, “As the American government and press continue to try to convince people to get a vaccination, they need to understand that what we are up against may even defy vaccination to some degree. We need a better plan than what we've got—after all, this virus is only getting smarter. We here in America need to try to reduce those underlying conditions that arise over time as we consume the Standard American Diet, which of course stands for 'SAD.' Healthier bodies will be better able to fight off the Delta COVID variant and all other future viruses—but we need to avoid these heavily processed and therefore 'unsafe' meals."
In an effort to push the public that much closer to measurable action, Dr. Dufault also wants to remind American citizens just how bad things truly are in the US when it comes to heavy metals' effect on child development. Dufault is the lead researcher/writer on a new article in the World Journal of Methodology entitled “Connecting inorganic mercury and lead measurements in blood to dietary sources of exposure that may impact child development " (Dufault RJ, Wolle MM, Kingston HMS, Gilbert SG, Murray JA. Connecting inorganic mercury and lead measurements in blood to dietary sources of exposure that may impact child development. World J Methodol 2021; 11(4): 144-159 [PMID: 34322366 DOI: 10.5662/wjm.v11.i4.144]).
As Dufault points out in her book, and reiterates in her new article, children with autism and/or ADHD-related complications all over the world have been shown to have elevated inorganic mercury and lead levels in their blood. In fact, it has now been proven that sixteen percent (16%) of all children in the US have an ADHD diagnosis.
Dr. Dufault’s own extensive research in this area actually dates back over more than a decade to 2005, when she was still working as a health investigator for the Food and Drug Administration. That was the year when she discovered that baby formula was comprised largely of corn sweeteners and vegetable oil. As she notes in chapter six of her book ("Spotlight on Autism and ADHD"), many baby formulas "contain corn sweetener in the form of corn syrup or corn syrup solids. Some formulas contain more corn sweetener than any other ingredient. I found one baby formula product in my local grocery store with a food ingredient label that claimed 54 percent of the product was made up of corn syrup solids and 26 percent of the product consisted of assorted vegetable oils."
COVID doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. So in addition to getting the vaccine, this is the time for everyone in America to make healthier choices at mealtime. With her ongoing research in one hand and her book Unsafe at Any Meal in the other, everyone stands a chance at coming through 100%.
For those who want to more fully educate themselves on this issue right now, Unsafe at Any Meal is now available in paperback/eBook formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and everywhere else books are sold. It is also now available in audio book format, as narrated by Diane Neigebauer—to check out a "sample" of the book in audio, click here.